Scott joins legal coalition against anchor ban


Harry Manion, the Boston-area attorney who has been counseling a collection of PGA Tour players who use long putters since January, confirmed to on Friday that Masters champion Adam Scott is among the coalition that opposes the ban on anchoring.

“I talked to him today and he felt like it was the right time (to announce his participation in the group),” said Manion, a founding partner with the Boston-based firm Cooley, Manion and Jones.

All total, nine Tour players have joined the coalition including Tim Clark, Carl Pettersson and Scott, who in March spoke out against the ban in a Golf Channel interview.

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Earlier this week, Manion said it was too early to address any potential legal action against the ban, which was announced by the USGA and R&A on Tuesday and would go into effect in January 2016, but Clark did not rule out that possibility.

“We’re going to explore our options. We’re not going to just roll over and accept this,” he said this week at Colonial.

Scott & Co. now await to see if the Tour will follow the new rule. A meeting of the 16-member player advisory council has been called for next Tuesday at the Memorial in Ohio and the policy board, which will ultimately decide whether or not the circuit follows the rule makers, is scheduled to meet the first week of July at The Greenbrier Classic in West Virginia.